Author Archives: Jim

Professional nature photographer, specializing in capturing animal behaviors, wildflowers and scenics. Member of NANPA, Great Plains Nature Photographers and Missouri Prairie Foundation. Also a Master Gardener.

Fun Fri: Build It – They Will Come

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from my recent Florida trip. More specifically, while visiting Myakka River State Park (one of my favorite places to photograph in Florida) I came upon an amusing sight … wild turkey and raccoons, both busy foraging at a couple of the park’s feral hog traps: Feral hogs have been a […]

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Solitary Bloodroot

Today’s post comes from a very special and beautiful place … Ha Ha Tonka State Park, in the Missouri Ozarks. This is where my fiancee, Bobbie, and I first met, in the fall of 2018. These photos were captured a couple of weeks ago, just before our state’s “stay-in-place” mandate.  Ever since then, I’ve wanted […]

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Big Bird in Flight

Today’s photo collection focuses on some of the Great Egrets as they flew around the rookery at the Venice Rookery (Florida) recently. I always view this bird as a magnificent sight to see, particularly in flight:   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body and Canon 7D body Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens (top […]

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You Watchin’ Me?

Today’s post comes from my recent Florida trip, while photographing an assortment of birds at the Venice Rookery. In this first image, the green heron appears to be locked into a show-down with me as I photographed him: The Green Heron loves to sit close to the water and watch for fish activity: Coming up […]

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Feathery Delight

Today’s post features the Great Egret in breeding plumage. The Great Egret is a wonderful sight, when captured in breeding plumage. A couple of the most notable changes is the green “lores” that develop at the base of the long beak, along with the wonderful, feathers that showcase this bird. In this top image, the […]

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Black-crowned Night Heron

Today’s post comes from the Venice Rookery in Venice Florida, captured during my recent trip to Florida. The Black-crowned Night Heron is a common resident of this rookery: Coming up, more birds from the Venice Rookery.   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens Bogen 3221 tripod ISO 1600 […]

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Venice Rookery: Night Shift

I hope all my readers are safe and well from the pandemic that we now face. I’ve been mostly at home, at my new residence at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, I did take some time off to check out some “new” photo spots here, primarily for wildflowers. Nice to get back out in […]

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Bok Tower Gardens, Part 2

Today’s post features the most unique feature of Bok Tower Gardens … the tower, itself (In Part 1,“Bok Tower Gardens, Part 1”, I featured a few images of the garden landscape). The tower consists of multiple levels (all closed to the public). The entrance to the tower consists of a beautiful, brass door. On one […]

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Bok Tower Gardens, Part 1

Today’s post, part 1 of 2, features a wonderful garden that I visited for the first time, during my recent trip to Florida. The Bok Tower Gardens is located in Lake Wales, Florida, and is 130 acres in size. The gardens were established by Edward W. Bok. During visits from their Pennsylvania residence to their […]

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Holy (Sea) Cow!

It’s good to be back, again! For those interested in my absence, I explain at the bottom of this post. I recently took a 4-week travel trip to Florida.  This was a combination vacation to see friends, as well as a photo trip. My first stop on this trip was Crystal River, where I was […]

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